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lego-amazing-vehicles

'The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1: Amazing Vehicles' is the latest how-to LEGO book by Nathanäel Kuipers from No Starch Press. Available next month (July 2013), this 136 page book offers step-by-step instructions with full-color renderings for 10 vehicles ranging from a simple go-kart to a rescue truck. The idea is to use your existing [...]

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nanoblock-5

A few weeks ago when I was in a Barnes & Noble bookstore, I happened to see Nanoblock micro-sized building blocks kits. As a huge LEGO fan, I was instantly captivated by these miniature LEGO-like bricks. My mind was whirling with ideas of cool models that I could build and display at home and work. [...]

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brickgun

To me, LEGO bricks represent childhood, imagination and fun. This new book from Starch Press on the other hand, does not. The 232 page BrickGun Book by Jeff Boen has step-by-step instructions for building five handgun replicas from readily available LEGO pieces. Model plans include the classic Berreta 92FS and a rubber-band-firing MAC-11. Maybe it's [...]

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LEGO-mug

If you can't drag yourself away from LEGO sets, even to eat, then you need this Build-On Brick Mug from ThinkGeek. It's a mug that is compatible with LEGO™, PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks, KRE-O, and K'NEX Bricks™. $19.99 will buy you the mug, but be aware that bricks aren't included. The mug can hold 12 ounces [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News
lego-books

Did Santa bring you a bucket of LEGO bricks and now you have no idea what to build with them? Never fear my brick snapping friends, I have 4 books that will have you building cool stuff (or dreaming about building cool stuff) in no time. The LEGO Adventure Book Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaures [...]

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LEGObooks

Heads up LEGO lovers... No Starch Press is currently offering 40% off all LEGO books through the end of this month (Oct 31st, 2012). With the holidays right around the corner, any of their books would make a great gift for your favorite builder. Or buy one for yourself. We won't judge you. The first [...]

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darth-vader-desk-lamp

This LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Lamp from ThinkGeek sheds some dark light on your desk.  The Darth Vader figure is 7.5" tall and has poseable arms and legs.  He can even be used off his stand.  The lightsaber has 12 bright, red LEDs and is powered by 3 AAA batteries (or optional USB power).  [...]

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The newly released B-Wing Starfighter is part of the LEGO Ultimate Collection. “This fantastic model features everything you would expect from our premium collector range, including rotating, self-levelling cockpit and realistic wing configurations for landing and flight. And when you’re finished battling in the skies above Endor or helping to restore freedom in the galaxy, [...]

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Hokay, here's a big productivity killer (unless you happen to be a builder by trade...........maybe). Google Australia in conjunction with LEGO  has just released Build, a Chrome browser-based app that allows you to build with LEGO over a map of Australia and New Zealand. Users have access to over 8 trillion blocks and pieces to [...]

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lego-weapons

I'm not a gun person, but I can't help but be impressed by Jack Streat's LEGO Heavy Weapons book from No Starch Press. First of all, he's only 17 years old! Secondly, he offers plans for replicas of 4 guns: a Desert Eagle handgun, AKS-74U assault rifle, Lee Enfield sniper rifle and a SPAS combat shotgun. The plans don't [...]

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Each Brick Brite is the the size of two 2x3 Lego bricks.

A couple weeks ago, The Gadgeteer had a news post about Brick Brites, clear plastic LEGO-like building blocks.  They're different from regular LEGO blocks because they have motion-activated blinking lights built-in to add some excitement to your LEGO constructions.  How do you improve upon the LEGO brick?  I had to see what this was all about. [...]

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Sure, there are LEGO bricks that light up, but do they blink in different colors?  Brick Brites are motion activated pieces that work "with major toy brick brands" and blink when tapped, which helps conserve battery life.  That's good, because I don't see a way to change the batteries.  Comes in White/Red, White/Green and White/Blue for $9.99 [...]

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universal-construction-connection-kit

You build with LEGOs and you build with Tinkertoys, but you can't build with LEGOs and Tinkertoys - until now!  F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab have created a set of 80 universal connectors that "enable complete interoperability between ten popular children’s construction toys."  (See the F.A.T. Lab site for a complete list.) You can't buy the [...]

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Lego Art

I know lots of us Gadgeteers love stuff like creating and building things with LEGO.  Well Nathan Sawaya is a New York based artist who's taken things to another level. He builds with LEGO for a career :) As a full-time freelance artist Nathan accepts commissions to design and build custom creations. His work has graced photoshoots, [...]

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earth-blocks-building-blocks

These LEGO-like building blocks are made from "a composite of the bark of the cedar tree, compressed dust from sawn cedar logs, and coffee beans as well as other recycled materials."  The Earth Toy Earth Blocks are 1.25" long x 0.6" wide x 0.6" high.  A set of 50 blocks is $30 at the Guggenheim [...]

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cult-of-lego-1

Even though I'm a big fan of eBooks, I still love browsing through honest to goodness physical books. I find that there are some types of books that I prefer to be of the dead tree variety. One of these types is the large format, picture rich, coffee table book. I have a great example [...]

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legoapp-2

LEGO Life of George takes iOS gaming into a new direction where games aren't 100% virtual anymore. This game comes with 144 bricks and a Playmat. The idea is that the iPhone / iPod Touch app shows you a model and it's your task to build it as quickly and as accurate as you can. [...]

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Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Kid Gadgets, News
lego-usb-flash-drive

I know, I know - you can get USB flash drives with much more storage for less, but they won't be as cute as the LEGO minifig USB flash drive from ThinkGeek.  Pull the pants off the little minifig to use the 2GB USB drive.  It will work with Windows or Mac computers, and it [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear, News
lego_stardestoryer

I originally saw this over on CNET.com and thought it newsworthy. LEGO just announce that it will be releasing a limited edition Star Wars model: Darth Vader's personal flagship, the Super Star Destroyer EXECUTOR. This 3,152 brick model will be the longest Star Wars Lego model ever, measuring 50 inches in length. This behemoth will [...]

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stickeryou-lego

StickerYou allows you to create an 8.5"X11" page of stickers and labels using their images or your own images.  The stickers are printed on thick, high quality vinyl and are sturdy enough to use as bumper stickers.  StickerYou has a line of licensed images from your favorite comics and products, and they are pleased to [...]

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